Tier 2 co-ordinators
Tier 2 co-ordinators work in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Early Help team to help when cases are assessed as meeting a Tier 2 threshold. The co-ordinators will assist in identifying support needs with the family and act as a critical friend to guide the professional network in undertaking a plan of support including Early Help Assessments (EHA), meetings and effective family plans.
Tier 2 co-ordinators support Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership training in Early Help procedures and advise professionals in the city about procedures, local support services and facilities that may be available for a family. More information and contact details can be found here.
LA Education Link Co-ordinators
LA Link Coordinators are there to support schools with their most vulnerable pupils. They provide information, guidance, challenge and support to schools with a key focus on ensuring the right processes and practice are in place on a multi-agency basis to improve outcomes for children and their families. Key responsibilities include:
- Ensuring that schools and the local authority have a shared view of the vulnerable children on the school roll – list of vulnerable pupils is sent every two weeks followed by comprehensive calls to each individual school
- To further improve the working relationships between schools, Children’s Social Care, the Prevention and Early Help service, health services and the wider network
- To be an allocated point of contact that school can call to talk through individual cases for information and guidance
- Promote completion of an ‘early help assessment’ and the lead professional role where the need is identified
- Promote multi-agency working and effective working relationships
- Support step-down and step-across of cases to another lead professional.
Contact details for link coordinators:
If you would like further information on the service provided by the LA Education Link Coordinators, please contact Fran Shaul or see the information leaflet.
Sexual harassment and sexual violence between children in schools and colleges
This advice is provided by the Department for Education for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads. The focus is sexual violence and sexual harassment between children at school and college. For the purposes of this advice, a child is anyone under the age of 18. It provides advice on what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when incidents occur, or are alleged to have occurred.
As part of a commitment to ‘child centred policing’, Hampshire Police has worked in partnership with education experts and youth practitioners to develop Safe4me. It is a web-based resource and information library providing support to schools, partner agencies and parents with keeping children and young people safe and informed about current risks they may face growing up.
Designed as a one-stop shop, the free-to-use website provides a range of subject specific toolkits and sections consisting of useful content such as pre-prepared lesson plans and ideas, activities, advice and additional information from credible organisations. Features include news pages, campaigns, service directories and opportunities to share information or get involved in initiatives.
Ongoing development means that Safe4me will consistently evolve according to risks, demand and need, ensuring it remains current and credible at all times. It is important to future development and the overall of value of Safe4me that users have the opportunity to input their knowledge and expertise to the site, inviting users to share relevant information and resources they feel would be of value to others.
Please consider using Safe4me in the work you do with children, young people and their families, signposting colleagues to the site and encourage parents to refer to the relevant support section to help them, where needed, keep their children safe and informed.
Support and assistance is available Monday to Friday from the police education team via the Safe4me contact page.